Pastel Basics: Technique and Color
w/ Janis Graves

Date: Saturday-Sunday / June 22-23 / 10:30-4:30 

Cost: $250 plus $15 optional supply fee

Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787

Location: Cole Art Studio, located on the lower level of Cole Gallery. 107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020


Enjoy two days of painting with pastel with this super-fun instructor! Her students love her, and find her to be patient, kind and very low key, while teaching them a TON. This class would be suitable for students with at least a little experience with pastels.

 Pastel is an immediate medium - it needs no mixing or drying. This can also be a challenging aspect, and Janis will help you overcome challenges while teaching you various basic (and not-so-basic) techniques. Also, she is all about color!

 Day One –

We’ll use various techniques for applying pastel to various papers.

You’ll learn about preparing substructures -

o   with texture: preparing sanded boards for pastels

o   with color: toning paper (with alcohol), learning which colors to use for various effects.

o   With gouache: Janis will demo how to use this water-based medium as an underpainting. If you would like to try this technique, Janis will supply the gouache for the $15 supply fee.


Color application - they may be line drawn or “painterly”. Janis will demo and you’ll try various methods of applying color during this class.

 Second Day – Color!

The focus of this day will be on the use of color: Learning how to use value, hue, and intensity to create vibrant pastel paintings. It’s all in the use of color! Pastels open up an exciting way to explore these avenues, like how to use color to create mood in your painting with your color choices (who says the sky has to be blue and the trees green?!), color placement, Chiaroscuro, high and low key, vibrancy, etc.  We will also consider color relevance: how a color is affected by the local color – learning to understand how colors will appear depending on what surrounds them.

 This day will be open to any subject you wish to work on. Bring your own reference photos, or use the photos Janis will provide.

 Come to this exciting workshop to learn all about these topics and more! 

Supply List:

You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill  requirements for your class. Questions about these supplies? ARTspot staff are happy to help you. Call 425-640-6408 or email at ARTspotEdmonds@gmail.com.  Artspot's Web Site



  • Hard Pastels: NuPastel set of 24

  • Soft Pastels: Sennelier and/or Richeson Soft Pastel Set (primary + secondary colors)

  • Optional: Any selection of pastels you have (Janis likes Terry Ludwig and Unison)

 Paper: At least 2 sheets 9x12 or larger. Any of these brands will work:

  • PastelMat

  • Art Spectrum Color Fix

  • Pastel Premier

  • UArt Pastel Paper

  • Mi Tientes "Touch" paper or board

(Janis likes to use sanded paper such as UArt or Pastel Premier).


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  • Ipad/tablet to look at your images or photos for reference

  • small sketch book and pencil for thumbnail sketches

  • 1 drawing board (gator board, foam core or Masonite will work) - 13x17 or 23x26

  • Masking tape or frog tape

  • 1 inexpensive brush ½”, a soft synthetic or watercolor brush

  • Easel - Cole has a few of the standing and the tabletop easels; call to reserve one.

  • Paper towels

  • Gloves

  • Ruler

  • Tin foil

  • 1 old used toothbrush

  • 1 kneaded eraser

  • Wet wipes


  • 8 x 11.5 clear plastic sleeve protector for photo.

  • Dry erase marker

  • Gouache: red, yellow, blue and white (Janis will supply this for the $15 supply fee, if you want to try it and don’t have your own.)